Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary; 20th March, 2017.
Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.
Today we celebrate Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the saints that was known from the Holy Scripture never to had altered a single word but yet well known for his great actions. But what really can we learn from the guardian Saint Joseph in the short account of him?
Justness: I sure haven’t heard of a just act in the Holy Bible greater than that carried out by Saint Joseph in today’s gospel reading. Amidst the mixed feelings of betrayal (he would have believed intially she had cheated) and hurt and in a confused moment in his life, he still chooses to be honourable in handling the situation of the news of Mary’s pregnancy in all fairness. This questions how far we can be in our dealings with people we might not fully understand or who may cause us hurt. Do we go about revealing their flaws to everyone who cares to hear, thus indulging in detraction and even calumny or are we just enough to endure and not make rash judgements about whatever motives were behind such actions of theirs.
Total Surrender to God’s Will: It’s amazing how just one dream had Joseph changing his goals around. In a world where miracles must be performed before the ‘reality of what is’ is finally believed in, we tend to wait for a series of events that points us to God’s direction before we actually believe in Him. Our hearts seem reluctant towards having God’s will take first place before ours. What happens to our own dreams and goals if we surrender our wills to Him, we ask ourselves. But it always isn’t about us. It should be always about God and what he has in store for us. We should embrace the “God First” policy in every thing we do. Only then can we truly imitate Saint Joseph.
Obeying as the Lord Commands: Finally, we are called like Saint Joseph to be obedient to our calling by accepting every thing that comes our way in good faith that our Lord will always be with us to see us through to the end.
Saint Joseph played very important role in our salvation, by submitting to God’s will and being the protector of the child Jesus and Mary. We are called to be guardians of our faith in actions than in words and attentive listeners to God’s word. May Saint Joseph continue to intercede for us as we follow his footsteps in justness, obedience and total surrender to our Lord God.